The Beethoven String Quartets

March 7, 2022, 7:00 pm

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This week on Exploring Music, we’ll be studying Ludwig van Beethoven through his magnificent 16
string quartets played by well-established ensembles from around the world: the Guarneri, Takács, Tokyo, and Alban Berg string quartets. These quartets offer well-defined early, middle, and late stages both in his life as well as the string quartet as a form, including the Grosse Fuge, Op.133 (which Beethoven wrote while he was stone deaf), and the Cavatina from String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major.